Forum Wars is an online, team-based overclocking/benchmarking competition hosted by The Raptor Pit. Basically, each team is divided up into classes, based on hardware limitations. Classes compete against each other, and basically the team with the most winning classes wins the wars. There’s quite a bit of strategy involved in class placement, and we’ve got some guys on our team that are great at that. OC Forums is on quite an impressive winning streak, which we’d like to keep going.
Gigabyte, as we all know, was one of the first motherboard manufacturers to roll out a solid implementation of USB 3 and SATA 3 in their products. In fact, Gigabyte now has an “A” option for most of their products. But since the devices capable of utilizing these higher speeds are still out of my reach, USB 3 and SATA 3 testing will be included in part 2 of this review. This part will focus on something I’m more concerned with anyway, and that’s overclocking performance.
Properly maintaining a water cooling loop is critical for great long term performance. So I documented my rebuild and my thoughts as I worked my way through it. My rig is pretty complex, but the basics are the same for any water cooling loop. The rig was first built March 2009. I drained and refilled per at least the six month window, and rebuilt my loop starting on January 8, 2010, so a bit less than one year since my rig was built.
I ordered these stick from ewiz to go with my HTPC upgrade. The other components of the upgrade included a Phenom II X2 545 (currently running at 3GHz and unlocked to an X4) and MSI 760GM-E51. But since this kit is labeled “Performance Series,” I figured I would see how much performance I could get out of them.
Today we will be reviewing the Scythe Kaze Server Fan controller. I purchased this unit from newegg.com because of it’s simple design, temperature monitoring ability and affordable price ($41.99). I previously owned the Scythe Kazemaster fan controller before my power supply burned out in a spectacular, smokey fashion and took out two fan channels and two temperature channels in it. Up until that point, it had given 2 years of solid performance with nary a temperature probe going south.